Port Isaac RNLI are asking the public to act with caution on the coast following a recent call to Trebarwith.
On the evening of Sunday, September 3, the Port Isaac RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat was tasked by Falmouth Coastguard.
The call came at 7.35pm local time, reporting a person in the water, approximately 50 metres off the picturesque Trebarwith Strand.
The incident occurred when an individual ventured into the sea to retrieve their possessions, which had been swept away by the incoming tide. They soon found themselves battling against the unforgiving combination of a high spring tide and large swells, rendering them unable to return to the safety of the shore.
Promptly responding to the emergency, the Port Isaac RNLI lifeboat crew arrived at the scene, closely followed by the Coastguard rescue helicopter. The volunteer lifeboat crew located the person and successfully recovered the man from the water.
Radio communications were established to assess the casualty’s condition, determining that immediate hospitalisation was not required. Consequently, the Coastguard rescue helicopter was released from the scene. The rescued individual was safely brought ashore and handed over to the Boscastle Coastguard team, who were standing by to provide further assistance if needed.
Senior helm, Damien Bolton said: “This incident serves as a stark reminder of the perils posed by our coastal waters. Retrieving personal belongings from the water, especially during adverse conditions, is extremely dangerous and should never be attempted. Around 140 people lose their lives at the UK and Irish coasts each year, and over half never even planned to enter the water.”
A spokesperson added: “Port Isaac RNLI extends its appreciation to all who responded for their swift and effective response to this critical situation.”